Parents' Guide to

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

By Rachael Ward, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Outstanding anime is more violent than you'd expect.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 16 parent reviews

age 15+

Death filled anime with cute characters

Dark story full of death and violence. A magical girl character has her head bitten off early on. A cute little alien cat-like creature is actually kind of evil. The whole anime is unsettling. But it’s still a pretty good series. Just not for little kids.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
1 person found this helpful.
age 13+


Parents, don’t be fooled. This isn’t a light hearted show to show to your kids. Rather, this is one for your teenagers or even yourself. This show has a positive role model in Madoka, and an unlikely one in Homura once her true intentions are revealed. There’s a lot of violence, including one character getting her head eaten and fights between magical girls, and of course, death. By the end of the show, only one girl is alive. The intro has a naked Madoka, but there’s nothing revealing. The most inappropriate language is “s**t”, “b**ch” and “mother-“ but only people who pay close attention will hear their only uses. “D**n” and “a*s” are used more frequently. There is merchandise available, but only if someone looks for it online will they find it. Madoka’s mom drinks sometimes. Overall, this is a good show for any teenager or adult, but don’t show your kids this masterpiece that they can wait until they’re older to fully appreciate!

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (16):
Kids say (93):

This truly special anime defies genre and takes a common idea for girls' anime -- giving teenage girls magical powers to save the world -- but gives it a darker twist. The result is a story more intent on making its audience think than simply providing entertainment.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica's animation style is full of fluid motion and attention to detail that makes it a uniquely pleasurable experience to watch. Every one of the main characters is well developed and its hard not to get attached to them as the story progresses. The plot is full of twists and turns that will keep viewers guessing and the overall messages -- including the idea that a normal life might be preferable to a supernatural one -- are powerful.

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